Premiership club targets Juve defender Iuliano

An unnamed Premiership club have joined the race to sign Juventus’ Italian international Mark Iuliano, according to the player’s representative.

An unnamed Premiership club have joined the race to sign Juventus’ Italian international Mark Iuliano, according to the player’s representative.

Although the 31-year-old’s British agent Sam Stapleton has dismissed reports West Brom and Charlton are ready to swoop, and is also unaware of rumoured interest from Scottish giants Celtic, he has confirmed that an English top flight team have made a concrete enquiry.

The defender has fallen out-of-favour at the Stadio Delle Alpi under new coach Fabio Capello, and clubs in France, Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow and Italian outfits Siena, Genoa and Reggina are all chasing his signature ahead of the winter transfer window.

Stapleton said: “We have had genuine interest from a team in the Premiership but it would be wrong for me to disclose the identity of the club as it is early days yet.

“There has been paper talk of more clubs being interested but as yet only one has contacted me.

“This is the first I’ve heard of the Celtic link and as far as I’m aware they haven’t made an official approach yet.”

The Bianconeri stalwart has been a regular for the Turin giants, who are four points clear at the top of Serie A, since joining from Salernitana in 1996, and has won the Scudetto on four occasions.

But this season the experienced stopper has fallen behind Lilian Thuram, Fabio Cannavaro and Jonathan Zebina in Capello’s formidable defensive pecking order and Iuliano, who is out of contract at the end of the season, accepts he has to move away in order to play regular football.

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